With anticipation nearly at fever pitch for Marvel’s Black Panther, it is hard to believe that audiences will be making another visit to Wakanda less than three months later when Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War drops in theaters.
Given the production schedules for both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War coinciding in Atlanta, GA in early 2017, the production teams behind both films were able to maintain a certain consistency in the onscreen realization of Wakanda.
While promoting Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler spoke with i09 about how he and his cast and crew collaborated with Anthony and Joe Russo’s cast and crew on Avengers: Infinity War in bridging their portrayal of Wakanda between both projects to remain consistent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon:
“So what [Infinity War directors the Russo Brothers] would do is, they would send their production design team and their VFX team to come spend time with me and our production design and VFX team. And they would ask questions. Even with their writers [Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely], as they were writing, they were thinking about, ‘What scene does this?’ ‘What kind of things in the Wakanda that you are building have these things?’ ‘Where would this kind of thing happen?’ So as we were really fleshing out Wakanda, we would tell them all about it so that their ideas could track.”
“[The Infinity War team] would spend time with our actors when they could, just so they could get ready to do what they need to do in their film.”
One of the crowning achievements of the MCU is how with each and every entry, the functions of the shared continuity is effortlessly cohesive and makes perfect sense for the characters and stories told. Much of this accomplishment is all due to the collaboration within Marvel Studios in emphasizing the cohesion with just enough tie-ins to the broader universe even in the standalone outings.
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Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kani.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018. Meanwhile, Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
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